Am I a thankful baker? You betcha! ...and a Mom and a wife and a....well you get the picture. I haven't been posting a lot lately. Perhaps it's because my wonderful husband accepted the pastor position at a little church where we used to be about 11 years ago. My how time does fly!
Anyway, tomorrow will be the annual Thanksgiving church dinner and I have certainly been a busy bee today prepping for our special day. Before I go to bed I want to post pictures of my two cakes. One is for a grandson who will be visiting tomorrow with his Mom and sister. He has a gluten sensitivity as well as some other ailments and we are experimenting with the whole idea. Tomorrow's cake is a Betty Crocker Gluten Free with homemade chocolate buttercream and well....let me let you take a peek...
Gluten Free cake mixes...chocolate and yellow. This is the yellow cake mix baked in two 6" pans so that we would have two layers. I used actually used the Wilton buttercream recipe with cocoa. The turkey is piped with the large round tip and with a No. 3. The rest is piped in a circle of leaves and shells using Wilton Golden yellow and orange with a touch of Wilton brown. The eyes were dotted by just dipping the tip of a toothpick in Black gel and placing the dots on the BC whites. I actually only tinted a small amount of white BC, placed in a tip and used my finger to make the eyes, beak, beard and legs. Sure saved a lot of unnecessary icing and bags.
Regular yellow butter cake covered in the same Wilton chocolate BC and piped with reverse shells. Alternating yellow, green and orange leaves were added to the top. The pumpkin candies that are out this time of year were cut in half, attached with a dot of icing and finished with vines and leaves. I have not piped writing in a while and did use the piping jell to help me out...but think I could do with a few practice sessions. This cake has gluten as well as butter, sugar and cocoa....no slack here.
Did you know that gluten can be dangerous and even deadly to some people? Check out this Celiac link to read more about the disease. Click HERE to read more about it.
So to quickly sum up my week I can honestly say I am thankful for the energy, time and supportive family who have cheered me on to bake and decorate more than 5 dozen Thanksgiving related cookies, make a mother-daughter-nurse cruise to Cozumel, work, visit my Mom, have grandchildren over and cook/back for church tomorrow. I am truly blessed beyond measure! So yes, thankfulness is a piece of cake when you realize where all blessings come from....our Heavenly Father!